These match types can be organized into several loose groups. In typical tag team matches, standard wrestling rules apply with a match ending by pinfall, submission, countout, or disqualification. Teams often consist of real-life empty chairs at empty tables pdf or relatives.
On other occasions, teams are booked together by promoters based on their face or heel alignment in order to increase the amount of wrestlers on the card or to advance multiple storylines at once. Matches in which the entire team competes at once is often referred to as a tornado tag match, specifically in WWE. WWE at their annual Survivor Series pay-per-view. Teams of four or five, though on some occasions as many as seven, compete under elimination rules. All other standard rules apply, and team members may tag in and out in any order. This is not the same as a championship unification match.
The match is broadcast, or videotaped and played later. Empty Arena matches are rare, and usually accompany other, filled-arena matches, due to the cost of renting an arena and not selling tickets. A Falls Count Anywhere match is a match where only pinfalls can take place in any location, negating the standard rule that they must take place inside the ring and between the ropes. If the pinned wrestler makes it to the ring in this time, the match continues.
Under these rules, all pinfalls must take place outside of the ring, technically making the match no longer falls count anywhere. For the match two flags are placed on opposite turnbuckles, each representing a specific wrestler or team of wrestlers, and the objective of the match is to retrieve the opponent’s flag and raise it while defending the flag in the wrestler’s corner. If the referee is knocked down, and cannot acknowledge the win, the defender can put the flag back in its place, thus resetting the match. A handicap match is any match where one wrestler or team of wrestlers face off against a team of wrestlers with numerical superiority such as two against one, three against two etc.
In some two-on-one handicap matches, the team with superior numbers act under tag team rules, with one person in the ring at a time. In others, such as tornado tag team matches, all competitors are in the ring at the same time. Christmas costume in a Secret Santa Handicap match. An Iron Man Match is a multiple-fall match with a set time limit. The match is won by the wrestler who wins the most falls within the said time limit, by either pinfall, submission, disqualification, or countout.
A lumberjack match is a standard match with the exception that the ring is surrounded by a group of wrestlers not directly involved in it. Occasional interference from the lumberjacks is not uncommon, or is an all-out brawl on the outside involving most of the lumberjacks. A common theme is for the lumberjacks to consist entirely of heel wrestlers to stack the odds against the face competitor. Fan’s Revenge” lumberjack match, during which fans equipped with straps act as lumberjacks and are encouraged to whip wrestlers. In two kinds of matches, a wrestler doesn’t win by pinfall or submission, but only by stripping their opponent of their clothing. Bra and panties match, where the match is contested between two male competitors in tuxedos.
To win, a wrestler must strip their opponent’s tuxedo off. An evening gown match is similar to the bra and panties match, and is usually contested by two female competitors. The victor of the match is the wrestler who removes the evening gown of her opponent. The match is contested in a large container filled with various substances, typically between two female individuals who may or may not have experience with wrestling.
Substances can include anything from mud to chocolate milk. Sometimes, specialty substances are used for certain occasions e. Occasionally, a match would take place under the rules of a different type of contest. MMA rules applied to it.
As in MMA, pinfalls are not a valid method of victory. The first person to step outside of the ring or touch the mat with any part of the body but the soles of the feet is the loser. They also created their own specific brand of hardcore match, for which bouts were to begin backstage rather than in the ring. Another variations are the Razor Wire Steel Cage Match, a similar concept to that of the barbed wire cage match, however the barbed wire is replaced by razor wire and is wrapped around the top, corners, and walls of the cage, and Barbed wire Razor wire Steel Cage match is the same as the barbed wire cage match, however the top, corners, and walls of the cage are covered with barbed wire, then also further covered with razor wire. It is a singles match for which poles attached to the ring posts measured about five to six feet above the turnbuckles, with single chains wrapped from and hanging on the poles to various points on the ring itself with many weapons hanging from and attached to steel chains above the ring, sometimes with sides of a steel cage attached to and erected on the ring. In a Fans Bring the Weapons match, all the weapons are provided by the fans prior to the show. Sometimes the weapons will be in the ring before the match starts, although occasionally weapons will be handed to the wrestlers during the action.
A First Blood match is a no disqualification match where in order to win a wrestler has to make his opponent bleed. Or, rather, depending on the nuances of the promotion and the angle surrounding the match, the first person to bleed loses, regardless of source. There have been matches where bloody noses count. Although, there are no disqualifications, outside interference cannot be seen causing the participant to bleed.
A no countout match is a regular match where both competitors can stay outside of the ring or stay down for longer than the standard 10 or 20 seconds. The key differences between a No Holds Barred match and a standard hardcore match are that falls must be made in the ring and there is less emphasis on the use of weapons. A match that does not observe disqualifications, where pinfalls must take place in the ring, can also be known as an unsanctioned match, or street fight. Deathmatch is a match where the wrestlers’ fists are taped and dipped into glue and in broken and crushed glass, allowing shards to stick to their fists. Win by pinfall, submission or escape.